Are we damaging our bodies with prolonged sitting periods? In the modern world we spend most of our time sitting. Yet, we never think about the consequences this could have.
We’ll answer this question as well as uncover what problems can come with continuous sitting. How you can support your body through lifestyle changes. And what a pressure relief cushion is and how it can benefit you.
Our modern problem
In the crazy fast-paced world, we often overlook the effects our actions can have on our body. Most of us spend hours a day, sitting, captivated by our work, unaware of the damage we're doing to ourselves.
This is not what your body was built for
A lack of physical exercise and long sitting periods can assist the development of cardiovascular disease. Cardiologist Rachel Lampert stated ‘The body has all kinds of negative reactions to sitting for long periods’.
Through hundreds and thousands of years we've changed the way we live. Way back before society we would've been running everyday for food and safety. Gradually we've revolutionised society to have more stability and safety, allowing us to be less active everyday.
However, if you compare what our bodies evolved to do to our modern lifestyle. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day isn’t what our body is built for, right?
Luckily, there’s many ways to support your body while sitting. And countless ways you can stay active or exercise with different options depending on your physical capabilities.
The NHS recommends that adults do 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly, which equates to 20-30 minutes daily.
Participating in physical activities will improve your overall health. Reducing your chances of getting heart disease and other related issues. If you’re unable to partake in moderate exercise, we recommend that you try and stay as active and mobile as possible.
Why sitting can be problematic
Sitting for too long can be problematic, causing back pain, blood circulation problems, and other health-related issues.
Back pain is one of the most likely problems you could face in adulthood. With 80% of adults having back pain at some point, and 25% in the last 3 months.
Many different factors cause back pain. From your posture and sleeping position, to the chair you work in.
Ensuring that you maintain the correct posture throughout your day, coupled with regular movement and exercise, limits your chances of back pain.
Sitting for extended periods also has an impact on your blood circulation. Pressure restricts blood flow, meaning the skin in that area can’t get the nutrients and oxygen it needs to stay healthy.
Consistent pressure also affects your muscles. The reason your bum, back, and legs feel sore after a long day of sitting is due to restricted blood flow.
If you’re immobile for hours, high amounts of pressure stay on specific regions of your body, which could lead to pressure sores.
What are pressure sores? Don’t worry if you don’t know, we've got a blog just for you.
All these health issues stem from one action - Sitting.
We’ve evolved to live a more active lifestyle, than one where we park our bodies still for hours a day.
So, what can we do?
Staying active and following professional healthcare guidelines is always recommended. Reducing your chances of back pain, heart disease, and other issues caused by a sedentary lifestyle.
Maintaining a healthy diet is another great way to reinforce a healthy body. With the never-ending choice of unhealthy food now available, these only amplify health problems.
There’s also a range of products which can assist you in your day-to-day life.
But, we’re going to talk about…
Pressure relief cushions
You might be wondering, what is a pressure relief cushion?
A pressure relief cushion is a revolutionary part of the comfort and relief solution range.
Relieving the pressure and ceasing the constriction of blood flow, while encouraging a correct postural alignment.
There’s many different types of designs, from gel inserts, and foam inners to air cells. All helping to alleviate pains and aches in your body, while providing support and comfort.
Pressure relief cushions stimulate blood circulation which has a positive effect on improving heart and muscle health.
While you simultaneously experience massive improvements in your ability to focus, as your pains and aches fade away.
Support for your lower back and promoting the correct postural alignment corresponds to minimising discomfort and maximising productivity.
You’re probably wondering now, which one is the best? With there being a range of brands and different styles,
Many different factors make an effective relief cushion. From how practical and versatile it is. To it being medically approved, but not looking like it’s from the hospital.
This is probably a good time to introduce ourselves…
We’ve been pioneering the pressure area care industry for 25 years and counting. And decided it’s time to support you in your day-to-day life.
Our air-powered pressure relief cushion uses NHS-backed Repose® Technology to offer optimal weight distribution and pressure relief.
Using the power of air, managing your body’s weight has never been so easy. With its reactive air cells forming around the outline of your body.
You can use our cushion on any standard static chair. It comes with a storage pump, so it’s built for travel and for being space efficient.
Delivering hospital equipment level support, while having a sleek and subtle appearance. On top of being made with easily cleanable materials, so it’s perfect for any situation.
Give your body the support it deserves in this new sitting era.